Urban Conquest: DIY Neighborhood Games!

Randomly coinciding with Day 1 of the London Olympics, residents and urban hacktivists created and deployed their own games in Voykovskiy. Beginning midday, participants designed, constructed and played in spaces that had been underused, waiting to be activated.

Situationist soccer
Using found wood to build three goal posts in a recreational space in the park that was meant for basketball. Because the surface was less than ideal (and because many of us love soccer and situationists) it was the perfect (and perfectly random) game to play. Three teams, three goals.

More Badminton
Everywhere is a badminton court.


Swinging at the bus stop
Rope + a sawed plank of wood to install a swing at a bus stop.


Street Dominoes
A larger than life domino game to interact and occupy an unused public space.

More Checkers
With the help of locals who had been painting and maintaining the tram stop, we color coded a board days before and used cans to identify competing teams.

The Ultimate Race
We used tape and chalk boards to turn a shortcut where people climb over a gate to get to the train platform and skip buying tickets into a game. Players time themselves and record their scores.

Photographs by Maria Semenenko.

July 28 = Game Day in Voykvoskiy

Situationist soccer, badminton championships, furniture parkour obstacle courses, street checkers, dominoes… the fun is limited only by your imagination + enthusiasm. Come out and play!

Day 4: Urban Hacking with Florian Riviere

Hi! Can you believe it’s Thursday already? We definitely cannot.
Today was the “come back to your childhood day”: as when we were kids, we were walking through the neighbourhood looking for things to play with. The city is still full of wonders, but some of them the adults do not see anymore, and others they are hesitant to use: playgrounds, for example. We believe that there is enough place in the city and on playgrounds for children and adults alike. That’s why we created a parcour/urban fitness track – except that we didn’t make anything, we just went looking for suitable objects.

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Day 2: Urban Hacking with Florian Riviere

Hey, folks!

It’s a small report on our second day at Voykovskaya on Florian Rivier’s workshop Urban ConQuest.

We’ve been very anxious to come back after the great fun we had on the first day when we made an “Ochko-basket” instead of a broken basketball ring. This day we renewed it by adding layers of yellow and blue tape to the paper balls. In case you are going to make your own: balls with cramped paper inside are better than just cramped tape, and fly more steadily.
We had a lot of plans for the second day, including: a pop-up art studio or trees memorials on the tree stumps near the tram tracks, the renewal of an old pool-like children’s place, using metal nets for pop-up lunch bags and get-the-ball-on-the-rubber-string-into-papercup portable game etc., but first and foremost we wanted to make a hammock.

The thing is, we found similarly useless low fence made of metal tubes in the area where many people complained about lack of sitting places. Funny sidenote: when we were asking people about their preferred outdoor games, men talked about ball games and card games, but women tended to talk only about the games their children played. To the direct question about their own preferred game activities, they replied “We grew out of it”. Maybe it was just a coincidence, but it is sad nevertheless. Anyway, the lack of comfortable seats worried everybody.
For the hammock we used green fabric net from the construction site, which the workers kindly allowed us to take. Thank you again, if by any chance you are reading this=) To make a stronger frame, we used ordinary string, and wrapped the green net two or three times around the frame and the fence. We managed to get a strong and comfortable seat which literally everyone can reproduce.

 

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Day 1: Urban Hacking with Florian Riviere

After a morning of methods and ethics, the all-girl team of hacktivists led by Florian went into Voykovskiy to practice spontaneous interventions.

Finding a basketball court with no hoops, they involved a local (security guard) in a creative instance of DIY repair.

 

The goal for the rest of the workshop will be to practice urban hacking skills aimed at a neighborhood intervention that targets play; generating and hacking found materials into spaces and infrastructure for pingpong, basketball, urban games, quests etc.

 

Research Map / Карта исследований

Author: Make Make


View КООП. Co-operative Urbanism in a larger map.

All the workshop locations, people’s complains and suggestions will be marked on the map: favorite spots in each district are marked in turquoise blue, complaints in red and sites for intervention are marked in yellow.

На этой карте размещаются все места проведения исследований и воркшопов, а также пожелания и жалобы жителей: любимые места отмечены голубым, жалобы красным и места предполагаемых интервенций желтым.

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